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What are you holding onto that you no longer need? Matthew 6.19

Greetings to you dear reader,

Since I have last written, I, my hubby and our two cats have moved home and relocated to a new area here in Scotland, about 100 miles away from our beloved Highlands so, lots of change has been happening. We are in one week today and are already loving it.

Change can be a challenge, but it gives us great opportunity to grow and while we were in the throes of moving, the Lord was teaching me an invaluable lesson.

During the period of packing up our stuff into what seemed to be a million boxes, I was simply stunned about the amount of stuff we had held onto and hoarded. Books, ornaments, cloths, shoes, jewelry and so much more. I was shocked by this mountain of stuff we had piled up throughout the years and if I am honest, I found it to be shameful.

To be surrounded by so much stuff really disturbed me and unsettled my soul.
After all, what did I need it all for?

Myself and my husband both felt the same and gave much away to charity shops and made several trips to the recycling centre. We both decided to be ruthless when deciding what we did and didn’t need for our new move, and it felt therapeutic to get rid of items that no longer served their purpose, or we had no need for.

How many of us buy, buy and buy without asking ourselves why? Do I really need or want this and what emotion is it feeding when I do?

While doing our clear out, this scripture kept coming up from Matthew 6.19. “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Amen to that!

Are you surrounded by stuff that is simply collecting dust or you no longer have any use of it? Are you buying stuff for the sake of it and not putting your hard earned cash to better use?

These were the questions I started to ask myself.
Where was my treasure?

Was I being swept away by consumerism and paying too much attention to the latest trends for my home and what I wear?

With this rude awakening, moving forward, I want to lead a leaner life. A life that is more simplistic with less “stuff” around me. To have more of Him and less of what the world, with all its offerings. And to also apply this to the people and situations in my life that are not good for me or I need to step back from.

It truly brought it home how much we are surrounded by a culture of materialism, especially in the west. But as a Christian, I must always push this back and not get sucked in by it and always be mindful of those in this world who have nothing.

To store up treasures that only affect my eternal life and not my earthly one.

Will you do the same?

Have a blessed day.
@Carol J. Kelso